The alarm went off at 3:45 AM and by 4:15 we were on our way to Ormiston Gorge for sunrise photography. The gorge is where a creek runs through a mountain pass. It could be thought of as an oasis or watering hole. Tall gum trees, tall canyon like cliffs rich in red color and splendid light. Everyone found their own special spots to shoot this great location. We also did a panorama segment where everyone got to shoot a pano of this scene. This was another great morning of photography. We returned to the Glen Helen Resort for breakfast and much needed coffee.
By 10:00 we were in the classroom for an extended introduction to Capture One 6 and the NEW power tools and features. Capture One is the perfect RAW processor for landscape shooters. With the new local adjustment tools all us were making small and local adjustments to make the images taken the 1st day and during the morning to new levels. The keystone correction tool allowed us to correct perspective in out images. Walking around the room and looking at each others laptops all of us were seeing new ways to work on our images.
After an outdoor lunch in beautiful balmy weather we returned to the seminar room and were treated to an afternoon of Ken Duncan. Ken is one of the worlds most successful landscape photographers. Not only does Ken have numerous galleries around Australia, he also has published a number of books. His photography is astounding, his passion for sharing is truly unique. Ken shared his images, his stories and philosophies. Truly an enjoyable and educational afternoon. Ken’s instruction in the field was outstanding. He would take groups to his favorite spots and help attendees compose the perfect picture.
During the afternoon we offered an optional 45 minute helicopter tour of the area. Nine attendees of the workshop opted for this aerial adventure and had the opportunity to shoot the landscape out of a helicopter with the doors off. They all came back wide eyed with stunning images.
After a small break we headed to an overlook to shoot Mt. Sonder. This was an interesting shoot as the vista was gigantic and there were storms moving across the plane. This location begged to be shot as a pano. We even got rained on a bit. After we exhausted all the light we returned for a dinner and great conversation sharing the adventure of the last few days. Many stayed on after dinner to work on their images of day and others headed to bed to prepare for a 4:15 AM departure to Ellory Creek for morning sunrise photography.
What an adventure this is shaping up to be. Check back soon for another update.